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01/ Last Supper, notebook illustrations of characters sitting down for a meal.
02/ The Gooyesh Language Institute in Iran is made entirely of letters!
03/ Door to Hell is an aptly named crater in Turkmenistan that’s been burning for 40 years.
04/ The super expressive face of Jazzy the border collie.
05/ The art of smoke bombs and fireworks.
06/ Athlete compares the vastly different body types of Olympic athletes.
07/ Sad/creepy abandoned Santa parks of the world.
08/ Bring the beach indoors with this incredible surfboard table and benches!
09/ A super fun play net creates a kids’ reading level in a library.
10/ Party cheat sheets full of infographics for holiday event planning.

This week on Design Crush:
Listen to November’s Mix #30: I’m Waiting Here.
Plenty of 2014 calendars for you to choose from in Part 2 + Part 3 of our roundups.
Get a head start on your holiday entertaining with this fantastic giveaway from B by Brandie!
Sweater weather is here and we’ve shared 12 of our favorites.
I’m not hosting this year, but here’s my imaginary Thanksgiving 2013!
These Leaf Rugs also double as blankets.
Crazy layered acrylic paintings from Yago Hortal.
It’s time to think about advent calendar prep – here are 14 that are great!

Nov
08

Happy Weekend

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01/ Picnic, a vertical loop picnic table.
02/ Would you pick up and move into Round House?
03/ Lick, a photo series that catches dogs what else – mid-lick!
04/ Colorful monster portraits made from candy mosaics.
05/ I bet pizza made in this rotating disco ball pizza oven tastes better!
06/ China has created the world’s largest ball pit with one million balls. Wow.
07/ All Streets, a map of America made up of 270 million roads.
08/ Dark Venice, mysterious photos of Venice under darkness.
09/ In Murmurations swarms of plastic bags resemble flocks of birds and illustrate pollution.
10/ Copenhagen is planning to build a massive incinerator/ski slope in 2017.

This week on Design Crush:
Join me in pledging to Give Books this holiday season and be entered to win 10 of my favorite titles from Chronicle Books! Also receive 30% off all purchases (except personalized) through the end of the year.
Check out the start of our calendar coverage with 2014 Calendars – Part 1.
Lovely photography from Kaitlin Rebesco.
See how Cursive Design’s 2013 FW13 collection was inspired by our NYFW 2012 collaboration.
Creative cross-stitch art from Diane Meyer.
Hatchery – a curated box of artisinal condiments and ingredients – would make a great gift for your favorite foodie!
Even more cross-stitch art (of a completely different variety) from Evelin Kasakov.
Twelve holiday dresses for all of your seasonal fetes.
One of my favorite fall memories and my take on my Grandma’s apple dumplings!

Nov
01

Ten Thousand Stories

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Remember those children’s books that had flaps you could turn, and by doing so create crazy monsters or mismatched people? I do, I thought they were awesome when I was a kid. Now Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr have created an adult version – Ten Thousand Stories! Each page is divided into four mini-pages that mix and match to create 10,000 different story combinations, each with its own quirky watercolor illustration. Some stories make sense and some come out totally crazy, but all will leave you smiling. Check out the book trailer right here.

 

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Oct
29

Laia Arqueros

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Illustrator Laia Arqueros and his distinctly inspired creations are just what the doctor ordered this Tuesday morning. I love a bright, colorful palette but appreciate a muted, more monochrome look just as much and Arqueros has such a talent for it. My favorite is Watermelon, seen above.

 

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Oct
23

Sarah Fitzgerald

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Denver based artist and designer Sarah Fitzgerald definitely has a way with both shape and color. I’m especially drawn to her los Animales series of unique creatures and the Sanctuaries series that’s full of places of refuge and protection. You can shop Sarah’s prints in her Society6 shop.

 

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Oct
18

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01/ Mica Angela Hendricks illustrates heads and let’s her 4 year old draw the bodies!
02/ Fantastic 3D drawings by Ben Heine.
03/ A floating rainbow made from 840 sheets of colored paper.
04/ This little bike really is the ultimate IKEA hack!
05/ Illustrations of every outfit Walter White ever wore in seasons 1-5 of Breaking Bad.
06/ This clever outdoor color installation mimics lamplight.
07/ A man spent 20 years building kinetic carnival rides to advertise a family restaurant.
08/ Beautifully graphic crystal stemware from Scholten & Baijings.
09/ Banksy set up an anonymous booth in Central Park + sold his original art for $60 a pop!
10/ Just some regular guys as underwear models.

This week on Design Crush:
Mix #29: You Hold My Hand and Tell Me It’s Fine
Shannon Finley
All Spooked Up
Mark Lovejoy
Party Prints
Variopointe
Marbelous Wood
Tips&Tricks: Being Green
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Oct
16

Party Prints

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Barcelona-based freelance illustrator Judy Kaufmann recently release a collection of four Party Prints, each highlighting her love of drawing animals, people, houses, cars, and trees. Judy’s style lends itself well to these colorful pattern-like creations that could find themselves equally at home in a nursery or living room! Pick up one or all four for yourself in Judy Kaufmann’s shop.

 

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Oct
09

Fern + Crystal Temporary Tattoos

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At first glance these fern and crystal temporary tattoos from The Aviary had me thinking they were the real thing (in fact, I think you’ll find them on my my Fresh Ink board where I pinned them months ago). Each one is taken from shop owner Victoria’s original illustrations and printed on professional-grade material for up to five days of wear. I think it would be so much fun to cover both arms and parts of your face with the ferns for Halloween!

 

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Sep
25

Shanna Murray for West Elm

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Shanna Murray is such a talented illustrator, and this fall she’s teamed up with West Elm to create a heartfelt collection that celebrates friends and family through her well-known handwritten phrases. Choose from salad plates, a platter, coasters, a pie dish, and a tea towel featuring her signature script. Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

 

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Sep
25

Emmanuelle Walker

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Illustrator Emmanuelle Walker‘s style is flat and awesome in 2D. Walker creates incredible angles and perspective, lending just enough quirk and personality. My favorite series is (of course) Dogs and Cars with its colorful cars and happy pooches hanging out of windows, tongues flapping!

 

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